Politico sampled the views of Republican insiders and found their assessment of Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate isn’t as positive as Fox News would like you to believe. Sure, Ryan is bringing out big crowds and bigger donors. But Romney’s choice has also shined a bright like on a very disturbing part of Paul Ryan’s record, which also happens to be the only thing he’s known for: The Ryan Budget.
“It’s going to elevate the campaign into a debate over big ideas. It means Romney-Ryan can run on principles and provide some real direction and vision for the Republican Party. And probably lose. Maybe big,” explained Mark McKinnon, a former senior adviser to George W. Bush.
As Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic describes Ryan’s radical vision of America: “Many millions of working-age Americans would lose health insurance. Senior citizens would anguish over whether to pay their rent or their medical bills, in a way they haven’t since the 1960s. Government would be so starved of resources that, by 2050, it wouldn’t have enough money for core functions like food inspections and highway maintenance. And the richest Americans would get a huge tax cut.”
That’s a pretty stark vision — and it doesn’t even include Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program requiring Americans 54 and younger to pay more for a program far less efficient that the existing program that seniors love. Even Mitt Romney can’t get his opinion of Ryan’s Medicare scheme straight, although his campaign basically copied the Ryan plan with less detail.
But nobody has to tell House Republicans in swing districts that Ryan’s budget is a loser. Several Republicans of them are already running from it at top speed.